Law and regulation

Audit / Grant Thornton loses appeal over £22.6m damages

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by Grant Thornton to overturn a record £22.6m claim for damages brought by former client AssetCo over the firm’s failure to spot a fraud at the AIM-listed company, which nearly collapsed as a result of an accounting scandal

Audit / ESMA to probe German regulators over Wirecard

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has announced a fast-track review of the  German financial reporting system, in response to Wirecard’s insolvency following the discovery of a €1.9bn (£1.7bn) hole in its accounts

Audit / MPs accuse government of delaying audit reforms

MPs have hit out at the slow progress of audit reforms, including establishing the successor body to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), accusing the government of dragging its feet on the changes promised in the wake of a series of high profile corporate failures and industry reviews

Audit / Woolf: same fraud, bigger cakes

From crumbs to corporate collapse, the way fraudsters cook the books has changed little, although the ingredients have become far from immaterial, warns Emile Woolf

Audit / FRC loses legal challenge over Sports Direct documents

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has hit a legal stumbling block in its efforts to require Sports Direct to provide legally privileged documents as part of its probe into Grant Thornton’s auditing of the retailer’s 2016 accounts

Audit / Audit updates: February 2020

In this month’s audit updates, Mazars wins AIG UK audit, Carillion audit probe delayed, global audit ethics overhauled, corporate governance tick box approach slammed, and independence call for local audit oversight.

Audit / NAO releases draft Code of Audit Practice 2020

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published the final draft of the new Code of Audit Practice 2020, confirming more robust narrative reporting requirements 

Audit / FRC revises audit standards to meet latest ISA (UK) 540

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has updated eight audit standards to reflect ISA (UK) 540 (Revised) – Auditing Accounting Estimates and Related Disclosures, focusing on auditor liability, fraud, going concern, joint audit and management challenge

Audit / Audit updates: January 2020

In this month’s audit updates, Grant Thornton given £650,000 audit fine at unnamed company, FRC bans majority of non-audit services and audit investment drives down KPMG partner pay

Audit / FRC bans majority of non-audit services in overhauled ethical standard

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued a major revision of the ethical standard for auditors banning them from providing most non-audit services to listed company clients to reduce conflicts of interest

Audit / Woolf: goodwill write-off periods must be limited

As the collapse of Carillion and Thomas Cook have shown, auditing goodwill and impairments can represent insurmountable problems for auditors, so maximum write-off periods for these intangibles could be the only solution, argues Emile Woolf

Audit / Audit updates: November 2019

In this month’s audit updates, FRC fines leap 44%, MPs grill auditors over Thomas Cook, PwC in $7.9m independence fine, Kingman warns of reform drift while Brydon hits out at ‘shotgun’ approach, BDO predicts 25% audit fee hike, public demands ‘more teeth’ at regulator as new team take over and going concern audit standard is ‘toughened’

Audit / FRC audit fines up 44% to £24.3m

There was a 44% hike in the value of fines issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to audit firms last year, following a global trend which sees its replacement regulator set to impose even tougher sanctions, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters

Audit / Audit updates: October 2019

In this month’s audit updates, date set for Autonomy audit complaint hearing, charity regulator criticises audits, Grant Thornton loses FTSE 250 audit, FRC chair fears reforms will not address concerns while EY boss admits zero contingency planning, and NAO consults on local code update

Audit / FRC strengthens going concern requirements for auditors

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has revised its going concern standard, ISA UK 570, in response to a string of corporate failures where auditors failed to warn that companies were on the brink of collapse